“Schumer Suggests ‘Electoral Reform’ As Way to ‘Lessen the Grip of the Tea Party'”
Seems citizen activists and grassroots rejection of a broken, corrupt, insular, status-quo permanent political class is becoming a thorn in the side of presumptive career rulers, and that simply must be addressed. For the greater good of the people, who don’t know enough about their own interests to form citizen activist or grassroots groups that reject broken, corrupt, insular, status-quo permanent political class manipulation of the Potemkin system of “democracy” and “republicanism” our betters keep pretending we’re still operating under.
Although the tea party’s influence is “undeniable,” it is not inevitable — and it must be crushed for the good of the nation, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) argued in a long political speech on Thursday.
“They’ve won elections, stymied Democratic priorities and taken a sledgehammer to programs that are important to tens of millions of Americans,” he complained.
Among other recommendations, Schumer suggested an IRS crackdown on funding for tea party groups. “We have to look at electoral reform,” he said.
“Our very electoral structure has been rigged to favor tea party candidates in Republican primaries, even when the district or the state may not be that red.”
Schumer said “the tea party machine” has a particularly strong influence on Republican primaries, partly because the far right turns out to vote; and partly because of gerrymandering — “where Republicans have learned to capture state legislatures and then use innovative technology to draw districts where a Democrat could never be elected.
“Hence, the Republican House member only has to look over his right shoulder and moves much further to the right than the average voter in his or her district would want.”
The same thing can happen in Democratic primaries, Schumer admitted — “but at the moment, it is far more exaggerated on the Republican side.”
Right. Because we all know how the national GOP is so favorably disposed to pushing TEA Party candidates, and how the typical voters, when presented with a choice, might just choose the wrong one — creating all sort of havoc to a Beltway infrastructure grown systemically comfortable with its own essential one-party, statist system.
Naturally, this being the case, Schumer and those career pols who’ve never done a thing outside of the political machinery are in the perfect position to propose “electoral reform” that may well take away some of the power of the people who, let’s face it, need to leave this whole idea of the consent of the governed up to permanent elected officials, and not go trying to understand things their own li’l selves (which just kinda mucks up the old boy network of mutual graft and compromise and corporatism and vote buying).
It’s for our own good. We the People had our chance, and we elected the Schumers of the world. Which means we’ve essentially voted away our rights as sovereign citizens ever truly to oppose them again — at least, not on a level playing field.
And it bears repeating that the GOP not only didn’t empanel a special investigative committee to get to the bottom of the IRS’s targeting of the TEA Party (the government, however, did investigate and found itself not guilty by reason of having no one really to challenge it), but they were — in my opinion — either directly complicit or at least guilty of looking the other way as the TEA Party was hamstrung during the last elections.
Totalitarians, despots, social engineers, and career sleazeball manipulators of the system like Schumer hate free elections. They need rigged games and — to accomplish this — they need the instrumentalities of government and their own coordinated foot soldiers (union leadership, OFA, ethnic front groups, the mainstream press, etc) that will harrass, threaten, dishearten, complicate, and obstruct intellectual and civic competition to their designs over us.
Which leads to only one conclusion: Chuck Schumer should shut his fucking pie hole before peaceful people whom he’s seeking to disenfranchise decide it’s time to put him in stocks and pelt him with water balloons filled with rogaine and spit.